Ravens report card: 11/26/2018

The Baltimore Ravens beat the Oakland Raiders 34 to 17 in Lamar Jackson’s second career start.

Quarterback:  Lamar Jackson had two tough interceptions because he threw the ball behind receivers.  Jackson completed just 14 out of 25 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown.  Jackson was also the Ravens second leading rusher with 71 yards on the ground.  Grade C

Running backs:  Undrafted rookie Gus Edwards continues to play well, for the second straight week Edwards rushed for over 100 yards.  Edwards is the real deal, he is a power running back, something the Ravens have not had in a long time.  Ty Montgomery had a good game with 51 yards with only eight carries.  This unit has played much better.  Grade A

Receivers:  With Jackson starting the receivers did not get many chances.  Mark Andrews had a huge 74 yard reception and he led the Ravens in receiving yards.  Michael Crabtree had three receptions including a touchdown.  Willie Snead did not have a reception and John Brown just had one.  Hayden Hurst had three receptions.  All the tight ends except Maxx Williams had at least one reception.  Grade B

Offensive line:  The offensive line played great, they only allowed one sack and created big running lanes for Edwards.  This unit was very solid.  Grade A

Overall Offense:  This unit only scored two touchdowns but the running game was able to close out the game.  Grade B

Defensive Line:  The Ravens held the Raiders to only 67 rushing yards.  What is more impressive was Matthew Judon’s three straight sacks.  Judon pretty much ended the game for the Raiders.  Grade A

Linebackers:  Terrell Suggs returned a fumbled caused by Matthew Judon for a touchdown in one of Suggs many great plays in his career.  C.J. Mosley led the Ravens with eight tackles.  This unit played well.  Grade A

Secondary:  Jimmy Smith continues to get better each game and the Ravens held the Raiders to just 194 yards on the ground.  This unit needs to force more turnovers.  Grade B+

Overall Defense:  The Ravens defense came up big this game and pretty much shut down the Raiders after they scored on their opening drive.  Grade B+

Special Teams:  Cyrus Jones returned a punt for a touchdown, Chris Moore had some good returns on the kickoff.  Justin Tucker was perfect on the day and Sam Koch had some monster punts.  Grade A++++

Coaching Staff:  A much needed home win against a bad team.  Grade B+

Final Thoughts:  The Ravens need to study the film on Jackson before they decide if they really want him to remain the starter.

 

Brian Hradsky

The owner of MSB, I created this website while in college and it has never died.

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